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PUBLIC SAFETY BRIEFS – February 22, 2018

Man accused of fatally assaulting Hemet boy to stand trial A Hemet man accused of killing his girlfriend’s 4-year-old son must stand trial for assault on a child resulting in death, a judge ruled Friday. The ruling was reported by the KMIR News Staff. Derwin Keith Vining, 28, was arrested in June following a Hemet police investigation into the death of Aamar Wade Burleson. At the end of a preliminary hearing Friday at the Banning Justice Center, Riverside County Superior Court Judge Jeffrey Prevost found there was sufficient evidence to warrant a trial on the single felony count, according to KMIR. Prevost scheduled a post-preliminary hearing arraignment for Feb. 23, while (more…)

Legal services proposals reveal previously unknown details

<strong>Legal services proposals  reveal previously unknown details</strong>
Photo courtesy of City of HemetHemet City Attorney Eric Vail. ■ By Melissa Diaz Hernandez / Editor Despite a rush by 13 law firms to serve Hemet’s legal needs going forward, the city decided to re-sign its longtime partner, Burke, Williams and Sorensen and attorney Eric Vail, to a retainer of $32,500 a month. The city of Hemet requested proposals for general counsel services in May 2017. The newspaper submitted a California Public Records Act request for all legal services proposals. Multiple firms came in with lower bids than Burke’s monthly retainer, one as low as $21,500 per month. Some firms addressed their ability to significantly reduce litigation matters and the (more…)

MSJC student to interview athletes at Olympics

<strong>MSJC student to interview athletes at Olympics</strong>
Photo courtesy of Mt. San Jacinto CollegeMt. San Jacinto College student Niu Liu is in Pyeongchang this week interviewing Olympic athletes as part of a program through English First. ■ Mt. San Jacinto College Mt. San Jacinto College (MSJC) student Niu Liu is headed to Pyeongchang this week for a dream opportunity. She will interview athletes participating in the Olympics for a magazine called “Chinese Magazine.” Liu, 20, who graduated from high school in China, now lives in Murrieta. She is in her second year at MSJC. She is planning to transfer to the University of California or California State University system and wants to earn a bachelor’s degree in communications, (more…)

EMWD encourages customers to be “Sewer Smart” with medications, hygiene products disposal

E■ Eastern Municipal Water District astern Municipal Water District (EMWD) is asking customers to be “Sewer Smart” and do their part in properly disposing of medicines and personal hygiene products by not flushing them down the toilet or drains and into the sewer system. By responsibly limiting what is placed into the sewer system, EMWD customers can limit blockages within the wastewater collection system and treatment plants and help protect water quality. Blockages can be costly to repair, pose public health risks and, if they result in a sewer spill, may carry administrative penalties from regulatory agencies. Unused medications should be returned to a participating pharmacy that can properly dispose of (more…)

Hemet man brings knife to gunfight

Subject shot by HPD, arrested, and now out on bail awaiting trial ■ By Kyle Selby / Reporter On Oct. 28, 2017, Hemet Police responded at approximately 6:28 p.m. to 3527 W. Florida Ave. (Target shopping center) on a domestic violence call, according to an HPD police report. When officers arrived, the male involved was armed with a knife. According to the report, the man refused to drop his weapon upon numerous requests from officers, eventually “advanc[ing] towards the officers with his weapon prompting an officer involved shooting.” No officers were injured, but they did provide immediate medical treatment to the man, later identified as 34-year-old Michael Martin, who was taken (more…)

STRAIT ON: America’s changing lifestyles, Part 8: Society in chaos

<strong>STRAIT ON: America’s changing lifestyles, Part 8: Society in chaos</strong>
Photo courtesy of U.S. Government and WikipediaAfter 12 years of Republican rule in the White House, Democrat Bill Clinton became the 42nd President of the United States in 1992. ■ By Rusty Strait / Senior Reporter The ’90s came in like a lamb and went out like a windstorm. Everything in our society seemed topsy-turvy. It was the decade of credit-card mania, bigger homes, more expensive cars, and luxurious spending. It was as though we were granted the right to “just charge it,” without any thought of how we would pay for it. Bankruptcies increased as did divorce, child, and spousal support. Stepfathers became more important than biological ones to children (more…)

Hemet has a winning vision in sight

<strong>Hemet has a winning vision in sight</strong>
After years of empty strategic planning sessions, Hemet may finally have a vision worth promoting Photo courtesy of City of HemetHemet is moving to tap into the $161 billion per year on and off-road cycling industry. ■ Melissa Diaz Hernandez / Editor After years of struggling to formulate a strategic plan aimed at economic growth and development, the city seems to have a winner on its hands. It’s utilizing what the city already has to offer and has inspired the Hemet City Council to unanimously push the vision forward and bring the plan to life. Outdoor recreation will be the focus to drive out-of-area tourism and stimulate the city’s repressed economy. (more…)

Soboba Endorses Dave Brown for Sheriff

<strong>Soboba Endorses Dave Brown  for Sheriff</strong>
Photo courtesy of Dave Brown for Riverside County SheriffRiverside County Sheriff candidate and former Hemet Police Chief Dave Brown. ■ The Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians The Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians is pleased to announce its endorsement of Chief Dave Brown for Riverside County Sheriff in 2018. “As a tribal community that values respect and fairness, we feel that Chief Brown will provide our tribal members with the level of safety we all deserve from law enforcement,” Tribal Council Chairman Scott Cozart said. Chief Brown’s dedication to the community has been proven by his 30-year career during which time he organized the Gang Task Force and committees to work on (more…)

The celebration of Black History Month continues

<strong>The celebration of Black History Month continues</strong>
Photo source: www. obamawhitehouse.archives.govPresident Barack Obama, 44th president of the United States. ■ Melissa Diaz Hernandez / Editor Last week, The Valley Chronicle decided to kick off Black History Month by honoring the Congressional Black Caucus, the late-great Hugh Masekela and Dr. Mae Jemison. This week, we continue our celebration by honoring President Barack Obama, Ruby Bridges and Rosa Parks. President Barack Obama On Nov. 4, 2008, the country elected the first black president to serve as its 44th commander in chief. Coming off of serving less than five years in the U.S.Senate, Obama ran a campaign centered around hope and change. “You were the change,” said Obama on “You (more…)

DUI checkpoint results in San Jacinto

T■ Riverside County Sheriff’s Department he San Jacinto Police Department Traffic Unit conducted a DUI/drivers license checkpoint Feb. 4 on Soboba Road from 1:30.–9:30 p.m. Checkpoints are placed in locations that have the greatest opportunity for achieving drunk and drugged driving deterrence and provide the greatest safety for officers and the public, according to police. In recent years, California has seen a disturbing increase in drug-impaired driving crashes. The San Jacinto Police Department supports the new effort from the Office of Traffic Safety that aims to educate all drivers that “DUI Doesn’t Just Mean Booze.” If you take prescription drugs, particularly those with a warning against driving or operating machinery, you (more…)